We learned a lot of things about the current Rangers squad on Wednesday night.

To bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Rugby Park and register three wins on the bounce, was one thing.

Wins at Livi, Cowdenbeath and St Mirren restored some confidence. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

To make it four by scoring four times at Pittodrie, is another thing entirely.

It was an excellent overall performance, where several individuals shone.

One of Gerrard’s substitutions, also revealed that despite January’s transfer activity, one summer loan signing still remains firmly in his plans.

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Lassana Coulibaly

The 22-year-old Mali international racked up 25 appearances during the first half of the season. He made an impressive impact arriving from Angers, but after injury, his influence waned somewhat. 

He has earned an ‘enforcer’ tag, after strong early season performances. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When the club secured the signatures of Steven Davis and Glen Kamara in January, I, for one, thought it would be difficult for him to even get a regular place in the squad.

Of course, Kamara isn’t being considered for selection, yet.

Regardless, though, Coulibaly is getting opportunities.

 

At a crucial point of Wednesday night’s match, Gerrard could have turned to the vastly experienced Davis, or Andy Halliday, to shore up the midfield.

Yet, he overlooked those players in favour of Coulibaly.

The Malian’s first contribution this year was a Scottish Cup goal at Cowdenbeath. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Replacing Scott Arfield, he was given a 10-minute cameo as Aberdeen pressed for an equaliser.

During that time, he helped to keep the hosts at bay.

It should give him a huge confidence boost that the manager had such faith in him.

The club’s title challenge was on the line and he got the nod ahead of bigger names.

That can only be a good sign for fans of the midfielder, as he continues his quest for a permanent deal.

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